Feb 08

2016 Club Banquet

Here are all the photos from last year’s club banquet!



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Jan 16

Wednesday Noon W6TRW Radio Nets

For many years, we have held a weekly Wednesday noon radio net on our 145.320 MHz and 447.000 MHz repeaters, for W6TRW Emergency Communications Team members to check in.  We are now opening this net to all W6TRW members, to get more club participation, and  generally increase the number of members who are aware of emergency communications resources.

Check-ins to this net reply with their general location, and their radio communication capabilities at the time.

We’re also looking for more control operators for this net.  Control ops rotate on a schedule, typically only coming around every 4 weeks or more.  There is a brief script to read, and a simple structure to the net, that you can hear by tuning in on any Wednesday noon.  The whole net only takes about 10-15 minutes.  Please contact Greg, KE6YEX if you want to join the control op rotation.

HF Family Net:

Also at noon on Wednesday is a long-running company net on 14.270 MHz.  Employees / retirees are welcome to check in and represent the West Coast!

If you want to volunteer for (or find out about) various radio-related events or activities taken on by members of the W6TRW club, please send us a message and we will get you in touch with the right members. 

Jan 05

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday January 10, 2017

W6TRW General Meeting – Tuesday January 10, 2017

Roundtable Pizza, 4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance
Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2017 at 5:30 pm

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department & County Communications

With 38 years of law enforcement experience with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), Division Chief of Special Operations Division, Scott Edson, W6EDS (“my initials backward are EDS.”) is a recognized leader in Information sharing, Homeland Security, Communications & Technology.

His presentation will include an introduction to the L.A. Sheriff’s Dept (LASD), the current LASD Analog Communications System, the new “digital-trunked” L.A. Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS), and the L.A. County Disaster Communications System.

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w6edsScott, became a Ham Radio operator in 1991. He worked with L.A. County RACES/DCS transmitting video of significant events back to law enforcement command posts. “I was usually in a Sheriff’s helicopter, with no door, hanging outside with a video camera connected to a packet radio transmitter.”

“My rig is a Yaesu FT-2000D with a Radio Wavx G5RV Lite Antenna inverted and just   slightly off the roof line of my house peaking about 6’ at its highest. Not the most ideal, but the best I can do, since there are HOA restrictions.”

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology Management and an AA in Administration of Justice. Member of organizations, such as ARRL, 10-10 International Net, the Papa System, DARN, Cactus Intertie System. Check out www.W6EDS.us

Click HERE to view and download a PDF file of this meeting announcement.


Jul 18

Field Day 2016 Photos



Click on the photo above see photo albums of the W6TRW Field Day 2016 at Friendship Park.

Thanks to Paul Curry, K6PEC, for the photos.

Jul 07

W6TRW General Meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2016


W6TRW General Meeting

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Roundtable Pizza

4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance


Building an Airplane – the Early Bird Jenny


KJ6IRJRhon Williams, KJ6IRJ, will share with us his Do-It-Yourself Project …

The Early Bird Jenny is a homebuilt aircraft, using modern construction materials and techniques.  It is made to look like a 2/3 scale Curtiss Jenny, a common WWI trainer.  In 2002, Rhon joined a local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Beginning with his plans, KJ6IRJ acquired the materials and skills needed to build a flying airplane.

His Jenny first flew on Dec. 30, 2015 at Chino Airport.


Rhon grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Illinois, receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  KJ6IRJ then moved to California in 1978 and joined TRW where he worked in computer network and communications programs and retired from the company as a Program Manager in 2011.

He is a part time flight instructor with a commercial pilot license, rated to fly single and multiengine airplanes, gliders, and helicopters.  Rhon and his wife, Vicki Ruch N6SKY, enjoyed many flying vacations, which included northwest to Banff, northeast to New Jersey, southeast to Bahamas, and southwest to Cabo San Lucas.  He is now co-owner of a Cirrus SR-22.



Jul 07

Volunteers Wanted for Community Event July 15, 16, 17


The Hawaiian Inter-Club Council of Southern California is the host organization of Ho’olaule’a held each year – the third weekend in July – at Alondra Park in the city of Lawndale. This year (July 16-17) the HICCSC celebrates 38 years of service to the community.

There will be continuous Polynesian Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Games, Island Style Foods, Drawings, Prizes, Greeting old Friends, Meeting New Ones Don’t forget why we come together each year to share in that spirit we call Aloha!

I am requesting help from W6TRW Members for Friday July 15 13:00-17:00 (Off Friday for most NG Employees), Will need Two Members for Traffic Control.

Saturday and Sunday need Four W6TRW Members to be Ambassador of Aloha Security for this event.

Downey Radio Club also supports this event wiith Slow Scann TV.   This is a fun event and I learn something every year. I have worked this event For over 20 years.

If anyone is interested please contact Mike Hamada KF6CUN  310-814-2628.

Thank you and ALOHA,

Mike, KF6UCN



Jul 03

HRO Ham Jam 2016

Single Transmitter, Orange Section, in the Anaheim Ham Radio Outlet parking lot at HRO's Ham Jam, with K6VCR, K7JA, KL7MF, and N6MI, DM13. Photo by N6MI

Single Transmitter, Orange Section, in the Anaheim Ham Radio Outlet parking lot at HRO’s Ham Jam, with K6VCR, K7JA, KL7MF, and N6MI, DM13. Photo by N6MI

Our 5th Annual HRO Ham Jam is coming up!

Saturday, July 16, 2016 is the date, store hours are 10AM-5:30PM, and once again we will be hosting our local clubs and communications specialists in the store parking lot for another educational and fun event.

Come tour the OC RACES communications van as well as the Anaheim RACES trailer, learn about Hospital Disaster Services, and see how many of the clubs like the San Diego Six Shooters, the Motorcycle Amateur Radio Club, SOARA, WARA, and others who have not yet committed before newsletter deadline time make various activities available to local hams.

The Eagle Scouts will be providing a hotdog lunch this year, and Mr. Gordon West and representatives from ARRL, Comet Antennas, Ham Radio Deluxe, Icom, Kenwood, Pryme, and Yaesu will be available for questions (listen for announcements throughout the day for impromptu informational gatherings, satellite passes, or how-to sessions.)

License testing will also be available most of the day; if interested in testing, please call Janet at the store at 714-533-7373 with name and contact information so that we may plan for appropriate seating.

Three prize drawings will be held throughout the day at 11AM, 1:30PM, and 3PM. Winners will need to be present to win goodies from many of our suppliers who have donated some really great stuff!

Come join us for a fun-filled Saturday of ham radio; make it your goal to leave having learned at least one new thing and/or shared your own knowledge with at least one new ham.

Kind 73,
Janet Margelli, KL7MF
Ham Radio OutletHRO Logo
933 N. Euclid St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

(714)533-7373 Tel
(800)854-6046 Tel
(714)533-9485 Fax


Jul 01

Wanted: Help Repairing Tube-Era Radios

Antique Radio

Seeking help in repair of tube-era radios, including ham gear, early entertainment radios, vintage audio equipment, etc. Flexible part-time basis.

One person to be a an experienced vintage electronics tech, preferably a ham.  Another person meed not have any experience with tube equipment, but who has a strong demonstrated interest in electronics, preferably a ham, and would like to learn about tube-era technology under supervision.

Shop is in El Segundo, where work would be 2-3 days per week, flexible, including Saturdays, and could be adjusted during the school year.  This is where the person learning would have to work.  Experienced person could work here or elsewhere.

Learner to start at $10/hr, experienced tech more.

Contact Kevin, WA6HUL,  radiodecades@gistnet.com


Jun 25

Amateur Radio Test Session Results – W6TRW Swap Meet – 25 June 2016


Report from Dieter Stussy, KD6LVW

4 examiners (remaining for the entire session) and 6 candidates dared to appear.
One additional examiner helped the candidates check in, then ran off to “Field Day.”
Our new NGRC/W6TRW liaison is not [currently] an examiner.

Results per class:  2 techs, 2 generals, and 2 failures.
Per elements:  5 passed and 7 failed.

Testing secured at 12:00 noon even.


Jun 20

Join W6TRW for Field Day 2016

2016 Field Day LogoJoin us for Field Day on June 25-26 at Friendship Park in San Pedro

We’re always looking for help setting up stations, towers, and antennas, operating during the event, and dismantling the site afterward. To volunteer, click on the “Contact” tab above to send a message to Field Day Chair Ray Enriquez, KD6IGI.


  • Setup: Friday, June 24
  • Operating: Saturday, June 25, 11:00 AM through Sunday, June 26, 11:00 AM
  • Teardown: Sunday, June 26



ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth
weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with
friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat
it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent
opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency,
as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in
abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so
complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it
really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real
disaster and post-disaster situations.